Erdogan's Uraveling
Protests Erupt as Turkey’s Crisis Deepens
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  • mc

    Please remind me why Turkey is still in NATO.

    • Andrew Allison

      As in the case of the euro-zombie, the need for an ejection mechanism didn’t occur to the framers?

      • Gregale

        So, about California…

        • Andrew Allison

          I sorta thought that referring to “the framers” addressed that. The only way out is secession. So, about Texas . . . [grin]

          • Gregale

            Thought you were referring to NATO’s framers.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    Countries get the governments they deserve. Erdogan has repeated been reelected in reasonably free and fair elections. This is the government Turks want.

  • TommyTwo

    The core of Erdogan’s support is (was?) the hard-core Islamists, but I daresay that he has also enjoyed the Berlusconi effect. To quote the great TommyTwo from the unfortunately unavailable comments:

    Reminiscent of Toronto’s Rob Ford. Many would rather have personally flawed people such as those two in charge, rather than the usual suspects from the left who all too often are at best naive nincompoops, and at worst crypto-totalitarians. The fact that the occasional outrageousness of these larger-than-life figures gives the bien-pensant apoplectic fits is gravy.

    Might his latest actions be a step too far?

  • teapartydoc

    Do my eyes deceive me, or is Erdogan’s moustache migrating in toward the philtrum?

  • TommyTwo

    “Mr. Erdogan took back-to-back swipes at the U.S. too”

    Say, I remember a certain president of the United States of America recently applying heavy pressure on Israeli PM Netanyahu to apologize to and mend fences with (i.e. grovel to) some fellow. Might it have been this nice Mr. Erdogan?

    • TommyTwo

      Upon reading my previous comment, I realized it conceivably might be misunderstood as stating that Erdogan is the president of the US. This is not the case, and it would be ludicrous to confuse Obama and Erdogan. One of them wants to fundamentally transform his country, rides roughshod over domestic opposition, ignores previous constitutional standards, purges his armed forces, and after vowing to restore good relations with foreign foes, finds himself trusted by no one. The other has a funny name.

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